2014 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winners Selected

CHICAGO – The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected the winners of the 2014 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (APAAL). The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded to titles published from October 2013 to September 2014 based on their literary and artistic merit.

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities.

There are five categories for the Awards, each with a Winner and an Honor book.

Here are the winners of the 2014 awards:

Adult Fiction
• Winner: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Penguin Books)
• Honor: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob (Random House)

Adult Non-Fiction
• Winner: Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA by Robert Ji-Song Ku (University of Hawaii Press)
• Honor: Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self written by Alex Tizon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Young Adult
• Winner: Tiger Girl by May-Lee Chai (GemmaMedia)
• Honor: Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang (First Second), illustration by Sonny Liew.

Children’s
• Winner: Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner (Disney/Hyperion Books)
• Honor: Ting Ting by Kristie Hammond (Sono Nis Press, Canada)

Picture Book
• Winner: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng (Kids Can Press)
• Honor: Father’s Chinese Opera by Rich Lo (Sky Pony Press)

The winners will each receive an award plaque and an award seal on their book at the APALA Award Ceremony on Saturday, June 27, 2015 during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Publishers interested in submitting books for the 2016 awards should contact Dora Ho, Jury Co-Chair, at dorah2005@gmail.com

APALA Midwinter Events [UPDATED]

APALA Midwinter 2015 Events

Reminder: Early bird registration ends Thursday, January 29th.

Please find a list of our events and activities for the 2015 ALA Midwinter Conference. Registration for a visit to the Chinese-American Museum & the Chinatown Chicago Public Library on Friday and for the APALA 35th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner on Saturday is now live at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/.

 

Friday, January 30th
11:30 – 3:30 p.m. - The Chinese-American Museum & The Chinatown Chicago Public Library

Early Bird Registration: (before event) $15.00

Registration at event: $20.00

Gathering place: Networking Uncommons at McCormick Place, 11:30 a.m.

The Chinese-American Museum: 238 West 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616
The Chinatown Chicago Public Library: 2353 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

Tentative Schedule:
11:30am – 12:45 p.m. — Take bus to Chinatown and eat lunch
1:00 p.m. — Tour of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago
2:00 p.m. – Tour of Chinatown branch Chicago Public Library

Please join us for a tour of the fabulous Chinese-American Museum of Chicago & the Chinatown Chicago Public Library. For those who want to eat lunch in Chinatown beforehand, we will meet at the Networking Uncommons in the Convention Center on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to take the bus to Chinatown. The tour of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by the tour of the Chinatown Chicago Public Library Branch. Tour will end around 3:30 p.m.

Register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – APALA Executive Board Meeting, McCormick Place W186-C

Saturday, January 31st

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – APALA Membership & 35th Anniversary Committees Meeting, McCormick Place W473

6:30 – 10:00 p.m. – APALA 35th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner

Join us for a wonderful and entertaining evening with delicious Asian cuisine and great company! All are invited and encouraged to join APALA in celebrating our APALA 35th Anniversary & Symposium fundraising campaign.

Register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

Lao Sze Chuan
2172 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5040

http://laoszechuanchinatown-hub.com/

Dear APALA Members

Dear APALA members:

On behalf of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an ethnic association affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA), we would like you to invite you to consider donating to our great organization this holiday season via two opportunities:

Purchasing a gift or two or ten via amazon.com?  This holiday season help fundraise for APALA while you shop on AmazonSmile!  If you are not familiar with AmazonSmile, it is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

To access APALA’s Amazon Smile webpage click on the banner ad on http://www.apalaweb.org/  or go directly to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1571421  

Done with your holiday shopping?  We don’t want you to feel left out — in the spirit of the holidays, your generous cash donation will support our ongoing awards and scholarships which are awarded annually:

  • Emerging Leader
  • Travel Grant
  • APALA Scholarship

Most importantly, your contribution will be a perfect gift for you – an “end-of-the-season” tax write off.  Consider donating to APALA today!

Sincerely,

APALA Finance/Fundraising Committee:

Lessa Pelayo-Lozada (co-chair)
Sandy Wee (co-chair)
Peter Spyers-Duran
Shoko Tokoro
Tinamarie Vella

APALA on Amazon Smile!

This holiday season help fundraise for APALA while you shop on Amazon Smile!  If you are not familiar with Amazon Smile, it is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

To access APALA’s Amazon Smile webpage click on the banner ad on http://www.apalaweb.org/   The direct link APALA’s Amazon Smile webpage is https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1571421

Happy Holidays and thank you for supporting APALA!

–The APALA Finance/Fundraising Committee

APALA 35th Anniversary and Symposium Call for Proposals


UPDATE: Visit the Call for Proposal page on the new APALA 35th Anniversary & Symposium website!


 

Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association
35
th Anniversary & Symposium
San Francisco • June 25, 2015
Building Bridges: Connecting Communities Through Librarianship & Advocacy
Embracing the Past
Engaging the Present
Empowering the Future

The Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) turns 35 in 2015! To commemorate this milestone, APALA is holding a one-day symposium on Thursday, June 25 at McLaren Hall on the University of San Francisco campus. Additional programs and cultural events will be organized during the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian and Pacific ancestries, APALA has long been committed to supporting and providing greater visibility for Asian / Pacific American (APA) professionals in the areas of libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) and advancing services to APA communities. The 35th Anniversary & Symposium is an opportune time to reflect upon and continue to execute its mission by providing information and/or training on: library programs and resources for APA communities; becoming successful library leaders and advocates; and creating linkages with other library associations and APA organizations.

APALA has always aimed to serve as a bridge between LAM professionals and APA communities; LAM professionals of diverse backgrounds; and libraries and APA communities. The symposium continues this theme, bringing in the idea of building bridges in all its connotations — physical, temporal, historical, virtual, individual, organizational, local, and global.

Building Bridges: Connecting Communities Through Librarianship & Advocacy

  • Embracing the Past — Build on APALA’s vision and learn about proven tools and practices for serving APA communities
  • Engaging the Present Find out how to make a difference here and now for our organizations and beyond through leadership and community building
  • Empowering the Future Pave the way to success through lessons and tips on advocacy and professional development

The event is intended to foster discussion address questions such as:

  •  How have libraries and cultural institutions served APA communities? How can APALA create and ensure more programs and tools for APA communities, both physical and virtual, local and global?
  • What kinds of bridges have APALA, and libraries in general, built with APA communities? How can APALA and APA information professionals continue to make alliances and build communities?
  • How have APALA and library leaders advocated for information services to APA communities? What lessons and advice do they have to share?
  • What are the challenges facing APA librarians and communities? What are the new information and technology trends? How can information professionals improve their knowledge and skills for the benefit of APA communities?
  • How can APALA maintain its active role in creating a culturally diverse and inclusive society? How can libraries ensure that APA communities have the information they need to participate fully in society?

With its iconic bridges, San Francisco provides an ideal backdrop for these discussions. The fact that it is also the site of several key landmarks and significant historical events for APAs, such as Angel Island, the I-Hotel, the first Ethnic Studies Department, makes it an even more appropriate place to connect past with the present and future.


 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

APALA invites you to submit a proposal that addresses the symposium’s theme of building bridges that highlight the vital links between libraries and communities; librarians and library users; ideas and successful outcomes. The ideal presentation would fall under one of these tracks and focus on diverse communities, particularly Asian / Pacific Americans.

Program Tracks

a. Community Building and Outreach

  • Designing effective outreach programs that engage and reflect local community needs
  • Developing best practices and models with respect to issues affecting APA and pan- ethnic communities
  • Building successful collaborations on programming for all ages with different communities and library organizations

b. Cultural Heritage and Educational Materials

  • Developing resources and building library collections related to APAs
  • Creating and preserving APA archival materials (e.g., oral history, community papers, musical recordings, films, etc.) and developing institutional and digital repositories
  • Creating materials that provide APA visibility and representation in a range of formats, such as films, websites, exhibitions, digital storytelling, music, and print literature
  • Developing programs through collaborations with government, non-profit organizations, and local community groups that preserve, maintain, and promote APA cultures and histories

c. Leadership and Advocacy

  • Training and mentoring individuals to acquire essential skills and understanding in working with a diverse staff and clientele
  • Developing essential skills to be effective advocates and change agents.
  • Developing ways to encourage engagement and participation toward making a positive change in the workplace and society
  • Exploring different leadership models that address issues such as, empowerment, micro- aggression, changing organizational culture, consensus building, and mentoring

d. Interpersonal and Career Growth

  • Addressing issues related to workplace dynamics and structure (e.g., cultural competence, conflict resolution and mediation, mentoring, re-organization, staff and professional issues, institutional change)
  • Acquiring or providing training for skills for career change or growth (e.g., technology, public relations, social media, fundraising, grant writing, assessment, management, and planning)
  • Creating a culture that encourages learning and growth as well as trust and respect

PROGRAM FORMATS

Workshop Session (75 minutes)

A group session with facilitator(s) who provide an interactive workshop on a project or topic. The session could be on music, research, video/film making, music, archiving, oral history, outreach programming, advocacy training, or related topics.

Roundtable Session (75 minutes)

A facilitated a discussion amongst presenters and audience participants on a particular topic or broader issue. Submissions should include multiple viewpoints and diverse voices. The majority of the allotted time should be devoted to discussion involving audience members.

Paper/Panel Presentation (75 minutes)

Presentations may cover a specialized topic from different perspectives or a general topic in- depth. Presenters should provide sufficient time for audience discussion. The proposal should specify a moderator who will organize the panel and regulate time. Individual paper submissions could be added in a panel program.

Poster Session (60 minutes)

A creative visual representation of a topic that provides an informal way to convey research, projects, services or ideas of interest to attendees. Presenters will be expected to set-up and host their poster during the allotted time.

RULES FOR SUBMISSION

Please include the following information in your proposal:

Primary Contact: Name, title, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, phone number Participants: name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number
Proposal information:

  • Program Title
  • Descriptive Abstract for the program booklet (80 word maximum)
  • Program Abstract to include up to three learning outcomes (300 word maximum)

Program Track (select one of the following):

  • Community Building and Outreach
  • Cultural Heritage and Educational Materials
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Interpersonal and Career Growth

Program Format (select one of the following):

  • Workshop Session
  • Roundtable Session
  • Paper/Panel Presentation
  • Poster Session

Audio-visual needs:
Data projector and screen will be provided.

Deadline

All proposals must be received by midnight PST on October 31, 2014 as a Word document to apala35proposals@gmail.com. Notifications of proposal selection will be made beginning November 15, 2014.

Questions

Questions may be sent to the APALA 35 Program Committee at apala35proposals@gmail.com.

Non-Commercial Policy

APALA programs are non-commercial educational learning experiences. Under no circumstances should a workshop, session or poster presentation be used for direct promotion of a speaker’s product, service, or other self-interest.

Additional Requirements

All selected program presenters must be registered for the APALA 35th Anniversary & Symposium in order to present.

Presenters are responsible for paying the conference registration fee, travel, and lodging.

Presenters may be invited to use a format other than the one(s) selected or might be invited to co- present with others who have proposed similar topics.

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